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Various corrections and updates for Freeview HD, local TV and so on

I have been somewhat distracted from the rather necessary job of checking the UK Free TV database recently. I am pleased to say that, despite it being 22 degrees C outside, I found the time to fix a whole heap, as they say, of small issues.

Well, it took you long enough!  Photograph: Shutterstock
Well, it took you long enough! Photograph: Shutterstock
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Here are the corrections I have made.

There was a database table doing some caching that I had forgotton about: this resulted in the incorrect country for the Moel-Y-Parc (Flintshire, Wales) transmitter. This bug has been court and fixed.

Sometimes you might want to look at the Digital UK data for a given transmitter: the postcode listed on the top of each transmitter page is now a link to Digital UK.

Local TV data was out of date. This is now corrected and fixed. You can see Local TV for the full list of information. Specifically the on-air dates have been updated to:

In addition the Freeview HD com7 dates have been adjusted, thus:

  • Tacolneston: on air
  • Sandy Heath: on air
  • Rowridge: on air
  • Pontop Pike: on air
  • Divis: on air
  • Craigkelly: on air
  • Black Hill: on air
  • Bilsdale: on air
  • Belmont: on air
  • Mendip: on air
  • Crystal Palace: on air
  • Sutton Coldfield: on air
  • Winter Hill: on air
  • Emley Moor: on air
  • Wenvoe: on air
  • Waltham: on air
  • Oxford: on air
  • Ridge Hill: 08/04/2014
  • Bluebell Hill: 08/04/2014
  • Caradon Hill: during 2014
  • Beacon Hill: during 2014
  • Fenton: during 2014
  • Darvel: during 2014
  • Caldbeck: during 2014
  • Moel-y-Parc: during 2014
  • Sheffield: during 2014
  • Angus: during 2014
  • Durris: during 2014
  • Hannington: during 2014 on air.
  • Fenham: during 2014

And I have also added in the changes to Freeview allocations for 48 Movies4Men and 66 CBS Reality amongst others.

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Mike Dimmick

1:29 PM

Hannington COM7 has been on-air since 18 March.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag

2:01 PM

Mike Dimmick : Thanks. I have corrected.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Thursday, 3 April 2014

7:25 AM

I also note from BBC News - STV Glasgow digital TV channel June launch date that STV Glasgow will start June 2nd.

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Sunday, 6 April 2014
Richard Hibberd

5:37 AM

I live in Chippenham, Wiltshire. I get a very good signal from Mendip for my normal freeview . Could you tell me what the range of local tv is. I believe that Bristol will be my nearest.

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Richard Hibberd's 30 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

2:27 PM

Richard Hibberd: The radiation pattern is shown on the page for Mendip, immediately below its map. The local mux is the red leaf-shaped trace.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Saturday, 26 April 2014
7:54 PM

On the new link to local TV & on the page for Wenvoe its saying that all local stations will be on Channel 8, but this is only in England & Northern Ireland. In Scotland & Wales local TV like Made in Cardiff will be on Channel 26.

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Rob's 3 posts GB flag
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8:41 PM

Rob: Yes, I don't know how that slipped into the system. It's fixed now, thanks for pointing it out.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
9:22 PM

My elderly mother lives in Bromyard HR7 and gets Freeview through a supposed digital aerial installed (at significant cost) over 2 years ago. She has 2 TVs working OK, but reception in other rooms is hopeless. This has not always been the case but it has got much worse in the past few months. Can anyone explain why this might be happening and suggest a cheap and easy remedy?

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Kris's 1 post GB flag

9:54 PM

Kris: A full postcode included with your question would be really helpful, since you can do a lot of the legwork yourself, but I think your mother is getting her signal from Winter Hill.

OK - if two TV's are working fine, but others are not, that points to a problem with the way the signal is split (assuming she is using just one aerial). If the splitter/booster is accessable, check that all the connections are in properly, there are no frayed wires, etc. The other thing to check is that the aerial leads from the socket to the back of the TV is fitting correctly.

The other thing to check is that all the TV's are actually tuned to the same transmitter. If you go to the two TV's (sockets) which are fine, turn to BBC1 and then go into the setup menu and check what RF channel/transmitter they are on. Since they are OK, you can check that the other TV's are also on the same channel in the same way. If they are not (there could have been a retune where the wrong transmitter got found first), then see if tuning them into the correct transmitter improves things.

However, it sounds like the connections to the other rooms might have problems, and that needs to be checked. Possibly by the person who first put it in to rectify any errors... or possibly not!

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 6 August 2014

12:12 AM

Kris : In addition to that said by MikeB, although the Ridge Hill transmitter could possibly be located at around 13 miles or so away from the area referred to, then as the signal from the aerial would appear to be feeding a total of four outlet points is the splitter being used for the purpose of feeding these outlets a powered or non-powered type?, because in most situations it should really be powered. You should try temporarily connecting one of the sets suffering from poor reception into the outlet point used by one of the two thats perfectly OK, if it still fails to receive properly then carry out the procedure as mentioned in MikeB's 3rd paragraph down, the Mux channels used by Ridge Hill being as follows. / 28 (BBC) - 25 (ITV) or 29 (ITV West) - 22 (HD service) - 21 (SDN / ITV3) - 24 (Pick TV etc) - 27 (4Music etc) - 32 (COM 7 HD) - 34 (COM8 - if in operation).

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